American Diary – The Brightest Colors EP
Release Date: April 3, 2007
Record Label: Unsigned
Ah, powerpop, how I’ve missed you. Things just always seem brighter your with memorable hooks and high-pitched vocals. My sordid affair with the genre has lasted much longer than I ever anticipated. It’s a habit I can’t, nay, won’t quit. Recently, American Diary has slapped me across the face with their The Brightest Colors EP. Who was I kidding with all this alt-country and post-hardcore? Pop ‘til I die.
American Diary is still unsigned for some reason. This is not good, not good at all. I also feel obligated to note that nothing stunning is happening here, but there are still plenty of good times. Now that all the problems are out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.
The Brightest Colors EP peaked my interest instantly. “The Goodbye Celebration” is a fantastic opener. The song starts softly and builds for a solid thirty seconds into one of the best choruses throughout. Brandon Ingley’s vocals are young and full of life. He isn’t concerned with being flat or sharp, which doesn’t become a problem as much as you’d think.
Standout track, “I Like You I Love You,” starts slowly with a low bass beat and light twinkling. Once the chorus comes in, Yellowcard’s Ocean Avenue will come to mind. Ingley is at his best when he yelps, “It’s like we never had a chance to take a breath and we'll stare for awhile and think out loud / Its like we never had a chance to meet / cause you're my summer tease!” The track almost makes me want to reenroll in high school. Almost.
I could call this a summer album, but that would be doing American Diary a disservice. The Brighest Colors EP is an album for all seasons, as long as you’re in the right mood. For me, it's already about nostalgia. For others, it could be the soundtrack to their young lives. Whatever your reason, just enjoy the simple, blasting melodies and raucous sing-alongs with friends. Stay young while you can.
Recommended If You Like: Yellowcard, Just Surrender, laffy taffy, The Morning Of, spending days at the pier or movies or arcade or juvie or pool
I actually didn't like the EP for the most part, but there's something pretty excellent about the full length previous. The EP's clear production doesn't really reflect the gritty powerpop these guys play.
Still good stuff though, can't wait for the next full length.
ive been waiting for you to comment. Your name is alllllllll over their press releases. I just figured you had already done this review, haha. I searched, nothing came up, I said "sweet" and set to writing. hahah.